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Europe Step Up Preparations For Possible Ebola Victims



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Following guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, WHO, on the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, health authorities in several European countries have stepped up preparation for the possible influx of suspected and confirmed cases of the virus.

While responding to growing public fears about the spread of the disease to Europe and following reports of the death of a British citizen in Macedonia, the British government on Thursday said it was scaling up its Ebola screening at all UK airports.

It said that screening will commence at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports and at the Eurostar train terminal.

The British government, however, said travelers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, which are the worse hit countries, will be asked about recent travel, people they have been in contact with and their upcoming travel plans, while medical assessment would be given by trained staff on site.

In the same vein, the Russian Emergencies Ministry revealed on Thursday that a plane had been designed tfor the transfer any possible infected Ebola patients.

The ministry has also offered help to European states to work with those who are infected with the virus.

The British victim, a man, arrived in Macedonia from London on October 2 and it was said that he never traveled to any countries currently battling the disease

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Similarly in Australia, authorities said eleven people have been tested positive to the disease in recent weeks.

They said a Red Cross nurse who worked with patients of the disease in Sierra Leone reported a low-level feveron Thursday after returning to Australia, but return back testing negative to the virus after a test, adding that she is still only 10 days into the 21-day incubation period.

According to the WHO’s latest count, the world’s largest outbreak of the disease has killed over 3, 500 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.


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